Little Gordon is a Murderer

It was during a conversation with my aunt about family history that I heard the words, "Little Gordon is a murderer."  She was relaying a statement made by my grandfather, Wesley Henshaw, and it's these words that started my investigation into my cousin Gordon G. Henshaw and the 1959 cold case disappearance of his wife,... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Hugh Chalker was born and lived his entire life in Ferry Township, Michigan which is about 20 miles inland from the Lake Michigan shoreline. He was one of six children born to Fred and Sylvia (Bearss) Chalker. The original small cabinet photo was in quite poor condition when I picked it up in an antique... Continue Reading →

The Photographer’s Family

I purchased this carte de visite on etsy and as soon as it arrived I was flooded with emotions.  I can't quite explain the feelings I experienced but they led me to contact the seller and ask if they might have acquired any photos along with this one.  The answer was yes and I bought... Continue Reading →

The Band Plays On

I came across this memorial image in Van Wert, Ohio at Years Ago Antique Mall.  The deceased young man is not identified.  Based on the fashion I would date this photo as being from the 1910s. It was the widow who stole my heart and made me decide to add this large cabinet photo to... Continue Reading →

So Far Lost in Manhood

I found this tintype in Coldwater, Michigan and although it's in rough condition (I digitally removed a lot of scratches from the men's faces) I couldn't pass it up.  Written on a piece of tape on the back is "J.D. Anglin and Frank McCuen - Willards Grandfather McCuen."  There was no photographer or location noted... Continue Reading →

Many-Faced Portrait

How many faces do you see in this moody 1870s Victorian portrait?  I'll provide my answer at the end of the post.  This antique cabinet photo features the Sturges siblings; Wallace, Eva, and Clara, as well as Eva's husband Frank Watson.  According to writing on the reverse Frank and Clara are standing. Click Image to... Continue Reading →

Brother

I purchased this real photo postcard, also known as an RPPC, at the same time as another antique photo but didn't pick up on the connection right away.  You might want to read my post about Birdie and Bert as this is Bert's younger brother, James McCollum.  Brace yourself, it's another sad story. "Hello to Bert... Continue Reading →

Farm Shop Boys

I couldn't pass up this wonderful 1938 snapshot of the Purdue University Farm Shop students.  All are identified by surname on the reverse.  It was a fun challenge!  Click on the image above to view it much larger and catch all the faces and details! There were only three individuals I wasn't able to identify;... Continue Reading →

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